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Michael Fleming was born in San Francisco, raised in Wyoming, and has lived and learned and worked all around the world, from Thailand, England, and Swaziland to Berkeley, New York City, and now Brattleboro, Vermont. He’s been a teacher, a grad student, a carpenter, and always a writer; for the past decade he has edited literary anthologies for W. W. Norton.


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Merry Dancers

 

Misery is Canada. Loneliness

is a road in northern Ontario,

a road disappearing into black spruce

forever to the east, into the glow

of a failing sunset to the west, not

a single car to flag down, not a truck

pulling logs the size of ships, not a thought

of such a truck slowing, stopping . . . no luck

to be had, no driver to say, “Whatever

you do, don’t get stuck in Wawa, eh.”

Madness is blackflies, relentless, meat-driven,

stippling a white shirt fire-itch red. Plague

is a darkness thick with mosquitos, clouds

of mosquitos, ear-seeking, infinite –

but – less infinite than the stars, or how

the sky’s an ocean, breathing tides of light.

 

 

 

 

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